Last week, after watching on in awe at my friend’s Instagram stories sharing her home-made cocktails, I just knew I had to reach out and ask her to share some of her recipe’s with me so I can in turn share them with you and so, Charlotte has kindly put together four show-stopping DIY cocktail recipes for you to enjoy or shall we call them… lock-tails?!
You’ll need the follow equipment:
- Cocktail shaker (can use a large jar, hydroflask, Tupperware)
- Jigger (measuring jug or an egg cup measures approx 50ml)
- Cocktail strainer (or sieve)
Clover Club Cocktail
Talking of this striking concoction, Charlotte tells me, ‘this cocktail is my absolute favourite, it looks so impressive but with a little early preparation is a walk in the park to make – and so worth it! The sharp punchy flavour of raspberry and lemon cutting through the sweet foam is unreal!’
- 50ml gin of choice, I’ve used Eden Mill Gin
- 25ml lemon juice
- 1 egg white
- 25ml raspberry syrup
Firstly, start off with making the raspberry syrup. It’s super simple, all you need is one cup of water, two cups of sugar and a big handful of fresh raspberries. Add all this to a saucepan and simmer gently for 5-10 minutes. I pour it through a sieve into a jar and leave it to cool. If you have any spare, it will happily be stored in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
After the raspberry syrup has cooled, add all ingredients to your shaker. Add a big handful of ice cubes and shake hard over your shoulder for a good 1-2 minutes.
Pour your cocktail mixture through a sieve or strainer into a pint glass, and get rid of the ice from your shaker. Add the mixture back to your shaker, and shake again!
Pour gently back through a strainer into your glass and let it sit for 30 seconds or so – this will give you a delicious, sweet white foam on top made from the egg whites mixing with the sugar syrup. Top with a raspberry and enjoy!
Next up is this classic cocktail made using vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. It’s true, not everyone is a gin fan (although we find it hard to believe) and so this is an option for those of you who prefer the spice of vodka in your life. A really quick and easy cocktail to make but make no mistake it packs a punch and looks the part too.
- 50ml vodka of your choice
- Top up with organic ginger beer
- Lime wedges
- Mint leaves to garnish
Place your mint leaves and lime wedges into a glass of your choice and crush these slightly so their flavours mix (this is really good to get some frustration and anger out!). You can use a rolling pin or anything similar that will have the same effect – just don’t smash the glass!
Add your vodka and lots of crushed ice. Top up with ginger beer and give it a quick little stir. Garnish with a wedge of fresh lime, sit back and enjoy the kick!
Gold Rush Cocktail
This is one for the whisky lovers or similarly is a great way to introduce someone to whisky with rich warm flavours, it takes the edge off slightly in comparison to a tipple of neat whisky. This could be a great winter warmer, perfect for rounding off a day’s hunting or shooting – imagine rocking up with a tray of these bad boys after a long day in the winter air, you’d certainly make a few people’s day I am sure.
- Whiskey of your choosing
- 25ml lemon juice
- 1/2 tbsp warm water
- 1 tbsp honey
One for the whiskey lovers! Or someone wanting to introduce themselves to whiskey… mix honey with warm water to make a syrup.
Once cooled, add to your glass and top up with whiskey. Finish with a big chunk of ice. Not for everyone, but highly addictive!
Blackberry & Rosemary Non-alcoholic Mocktail
Non-alcoholic but still incredible! You wouldn’t even know. Who ever said you have to drink to have a good time? A fantastic option to serve in order to cater for any non-drinkers e.g designated drivers, and will also likely be a hit with those not quite old enough to drink too.
- Handful of blackberries
- 3 sprigs of rosemary
- 25ml lemon juice
- Top up with soda water
Put your lemon juice and rosemary leaves in your shaker. Leave over night to infuse – the rosemary adds a lovely depth.
When you’re ready to serve, strain the lemon juice and bin the leaves. Add lemon juice, blackberries and ice to your mixer and shake hard over your shoulder until broken up and juicy. Pour into your glass, and a nice handful of more ice to fill the glass.
Finish off with soda water and a few more blackberries sprinkled on top. Garnish with sprigs of rosemary and a thick slice of lemon!